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Laundry to Landscape: Hands-on Greywater Recycling Installation Workshop

March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


This class at Cabrillo College gives participants information about how to use, re-purpose and redirect your laundry wastewater for landscape and garden irrigation, and get hands-on experience installing a system in a residential setting.

Class schedule

9 am to Noon: The first half of the day covers code requirements, greywater compatible products and plants, greywater parts and materials identification, how to calculate irrigation field size and plant water requirements, how to construct a mulch basin, how to create a design for your system, and ultimately how to maintain your greywater system. *Please note: the workshop starts at 9am, but please arrive by 8:45am to check in.

Noon to 1 pm: Lunch break, please bring a sack lunch.

1 to 4 pm: We will travel to the installation site, a local resident/volunteer’s home, where students will get to participate in an installation with the instructor. You’ll get a chance to work with all of the materials and tools, and have a chance to talk through some of the real-life challenges that come up with each unique installation.

Students should bring gloves and their favorite digging tool, a lunch, sunscreen, and a water bottle!

Registration discounts are available for registering before January 30, 2018 or registering with a friend. Register now.

Would you like your house to be the installation project for the class?

We are looking for a local home to be our demonstration site. The site must meet these requirements:

  • The area to be irrigated should be below the washing machine in elevation.
  • The area should be flat or sloping away from the structure.
  • Ideally the laundry room has an exterior wall on the same side of the building as the area to be irrigated or is framed on a raised floor with underfloor access.
  • On flat lots the area to be irrigated should be within 50 ft of the washing machine.
  • A pre-installation site visit is required.

If you believe that your site would qualify you may contact Jim Heaney, Building Plans Examiner, County of Santa Cruz


Cabrillo College Extension Program


Cabrillo College Room 711
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003 United States
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